Category archives for Culture

House of healing in the ancestral way

San Agustin, Colombia — A group of elders from the Amazon decided to make the way up the heights of the Colombian Massif, a standing spiritual region with ancient stone statues where the main Colombian rivers have their cradle. Taita Hector Yaiguajé Coca, an elder in his 80’s, crossed the Putumayo river, took a flight inside a small craft […]

No decadency

There is not such as a decadency of the current times as some presume. Our children do not read like before, they say. The real key is not in what they read, but in what they see. We are heading to a golden time of deep discoveries and wonderful science and knowledge. Still we can […]

47 years old´s interview (2/5)

Are you happy? Yes. But happiness in the West is lost in confusion, as many other values and sentiments. The deep meaning of ancient concepts are lost in a difficult network of unexpected situations. The technologies contributed in big share to such a lost, but I don´t blame them alone. They are only the result […]

47 years old’s interview

Here are some questions sent to me during the approach of my 47th birthday (October 10, 2017.) Enjoy. Do you believe in God?  I believe in reason and science, because they allow humanity to advance, to discover new frontiers and even to survive. After all these years inside my own being, I don’t think my […]

Neanderthal, not extinguished by assimilated

      Just few years ago we were saying that the Neanderthal people, another Human species, were vanished from Europe and Asia under the conquer of the Modern Humans. Now things are changing thanks to the development of genetics. Neanderthal did not vanish: they were assimilated by the modern human genome. They become us. […]

The Psychological Internet Time as Illusion

The use of the Internet changes the personal idea of time Summary: Why internet users have another idea of the passing of time? A single subject is doing many things at the same time and it divides the time in different vectors. It trains the brain to perform multi-task actions even in the real world. […]

A Superman for our time

I really like this new version of Superman by Zack Synder, The Man of Steel. It is the remade of a traditional cartoon for our time. Just the presence of one of my favorite actors, Rusell Crowe as Jor-El, the father of Kal-El or Clark Kent (Henri Cavill), is a great sign – and only Crowe could be […]

Rajoy became Obama’s bellboy

The incident of a presidential aircraft forced down in Europe this week touches the height of absurdity and damages the image of standing democracies of countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and, of course, United States of America, culmen democratia. Although the pink South American bloque made by Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia is not my favorite one, […]

Freedom of press as a human right

Policy makers and governments should know that information is a human right. People has the right to know what is happening in their society, their country and the planet everywhere, even if such information is labeled by certain individuals as top secret or confidential under premises such as national security or global wars on anything. 

Ong Bak 3

This is another of my favorite movies. The Thai Ong Bak 3 with its several sequels lost in an abstract timeline and characters. But Tony Jaa seems to become the reincarnation of Bruce Lee – thought he is not a Chinese and we are challenging our dear Jacky Chan with it.

In a coma

Inside the context of the international short film festival in Bogota, I want to write about some of my favorite short movies. Of course, there are many and from many nations and I believe this is becoming already a new (old) film gender – I said old because short films were the first experiments during the […]

A festival on short films in Colombia

Bogota. Next 29th of  June the capital of Colombia closes down the 10th International Festival on Short Films and El Espejo Film Schools. The total number of short films in exhibition is of 118 and it has the space to appreciate the winner films of the Berlin International Festival that counts with the presence of María Morata […]

Anorexia can be inside your house

Anorexia is something seem as the product of vanity. However, most teenagers, including males, dream to have a good looking body, especially in this time of globalization with a strongest influence of fashion. 

Colombia Reports for Good-Looking Intellectuals

While Internet is one of the most powerful means of communication of our century, Colombia is knowing and using it in many ways. In a Spanish nation, with a certain amount of disdain for English, most of the sources of information about this South American country comes exclusively in Spanish. English sources can be rare […]

Colombian soccer to the grandstand!

If soccer were a shining star to every American country and we could see those stars from a satelite image of the continent, it is sure that the Colombian light would be flashing: sometimes bright, sometimes dark. How Colombia will go to the South Africa world cup, becomes date by date a mystery, as it […]

English classes in Colombia: a failure

The Minister of Education of Colombia, Mrs Cecilia María Vélez White, declared that the evaluation to teachers of English of the Colombian schools has proven their lack of preparation: “De los once mil que nosotros habíamos evaluado más o menos unos cinco mil no sabían hablar inglés, los otros seis mil por lo menos tenían […]

Ciro Guerra succeed in Cannes 2009

The young Colombian director, Ciro Guerra, was awarded with “City of Rome” this year for his film “Los viajes del viento” (The trips of the wind) in a new edition of the Film Festival of Cannes that presented the best of the Colombian cinematography. In one of the event, “Quincena de Realizadores“, other Colombian young […]

And how Medellín looks like?

Going around modern Bangkok you never finish to amaze if you like big cities and Asia. However Bangkok can be crowed and many other visitors prefer other places of amazing Thailand. I was talking about how beautiful and friendly was the city with that German lady I was guiding. Then she asked for my country. […]

Colombia will become destiny of migration

There have been only two big groups of foreign migration into Colombia since the 16th century: the Spaniards that led a conquest over the territory and migrated by different groups over the next 300 years, and the Arabs since the 19th century. Other groups of migrations have been less notice and rapidly integrated to the […]

Mario Benedetti, a Latin American voice

The name of Mario Benedetti is very familiar in all the Hispanic world, even for those who are not interested in poetry or literature. However, the Uruguayan poet was not a name linked only to literature, but he was a man able to represent the Latin American identity and the fights for freedom of expression […]

A character of Macondo passed away

By Daniel Samper Pizano | Translated by Albeiro Rodas From Swipne. Rafael Calixto Escalona Martínez was born in Patillal, Cesar, on 27th May 1927. He was the seventh of nine siblings in the family made by Clemente Escalona Labarces, colonel of the war of the Thousand Days and Margarita Martínez Celedón.

Colombia cries Escalona

The King of Vallenato, Rafael Escalona, passed away this week in Bogotá. He can be considered one of the most well-loved Colombians and his name is referred almost as legendary and part of the identity of a Latin American culture at the same level of what is Celia Cruz, Carlos Gardel and other figures of […]

Wake up Medellín!

“¡Medellín, despierta!” (Wake up, Medellín) is one of the cultural and artistic programs of the municipality for the most marginalized barrios of the city. Last 19th April the Medellín nightlife went up the comunas (districts) to “give life to the night” with musicians, dances, performances and films. Barrio Granizal in the 1rst District (Comuna 1) […]

Medellín, Model City for What

It seems that to state Medellín as “Model City of Development”, according with the IDB considerations, is difficult to accept for many. Moreover, Colombia has been chocked by some events that seem to defeat that optimistic vision of an improvement in security: young guns in the cities, paramilitary groups are back and the so call […]

“The Village of the Widows” from Colombian writer Cañón

By Javier González * / Translated by Albeiro Rodas Barcelona. “La Otra Orilla”, a publishing house of Norma Group, published recently in Spain “La aldea de las viudas” (The Village of the Widows) of the Colombian author James Cañón. The novel has been regarded as “an important contribution to the Latin American literature” by the […]